The Last Of Fort Lawton's "Grand Dames"

The Ellicott Plan Home at 4010 Washington Avenue in Fort Lawton

The Ellicott Plan Home at 4010 Washington Avenue in Fort Lawton

With the pending sales of the General’s House, one of the two Ellicott plans, the opportunity to own one of Fort Lawton’s largest estates is now limited.  Located at 4010 Washington Avenue West (in Discovery Park), the Ellicott is carefully sited upon a 15,623 square foot, fee-simple lot overlooking the historic Parade Grounds and Puget Sound, just as it has for more than a century. The home plan is named after Anna Ellicott, one of Seattle’s early pioneers, whose land donation contributed to the formation of Fort Lawton in 1900. The Ellicott comprises 6,278 sqare feet of living space, featuring six bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. 

“The Ellicott is one of the Grand Dames of Fort Lawton and it presents a truly unique opportunity to own legacy real estate in Seattle,” says Stephanie McMahon, Sales Director of Fort Lawton.  “Once upon a time is now.”

Originally built in 1904, the Ellicott is one of only thirteen homes to be released for sale on Officer’s Row.  It was a former residence for many of the military’s most senior officers until Fort Lawton was closed in 1973.  Much of what was once Fort Lawton was donated to the City of Seattle and became Discovery Park – a 534-acre sanctuary just fifteen minutes from downtown Seattle.  Excluded from the public donation is the 9-acres of land surrounding the two residential communities known as Montana Circle and Officer’s Row.

“The Homes at Fort Lawton are effectively an island of fee-simple land surrounded by parkland in the city,” said Gary Blakeslee of RISE Properties, developer of Fort Lawton.  “An extraordinary set of circumstances led to Officer’s Row becoming available for preservation, but unlike San Francisco’s Presidio, these homes are for sale to members of the public.  Our homeowners are not only fortunate residents of these nostalgic properties, they also become stewards of Fort Lawton’s living legacy.”

Blakeslee has a personal perspective after spending the summer of 2015 on Officer’s Row with his family before the restoration efforts took place.  He describes coming home to Discovery Park like enjoying a whole new day at the end of the day.

“It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I just couldn’t resist,” he added.  “I feel honored to be preserving these landmark properties forever.”

Blakeslee retained Seattle’s renowned architectural firm GGLO to lead the restoration plan and the team worked with the Landmarks Preservation Board to make exterior improvements such as seismic upgrades, new roofs, new paint (matching historical records) and extensive landscaping.  The proud Colonial Revival architecture harkens back to other US treasures such as Monticello and Mount Vernon, and is the defining design element of the Fort Lawton Historic District.  While this district remains a protected national landmark, RISE was able to add two car garages for each home on Officer’s Row. GGLO also designed exclusive common areas offering residents access to a shared pea-patch, children’s playgrounds and a neighborhood fire pit for community gatherings.

On the inside each home was thoughtfully restored, preserving the nostalgic character, historic millwork and refinished hardwood floors, but otherwise RISE wanted these homes to live like new properties. 

New residents will enjoy all-new plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems, including hydronic in-floor heat on the main floor and electric heated marble floors in the bathrooms, while new, low-profile radiators heat the other rooms.  The kitchen was completely transformed from a utility into a generously-scaled and bright gathering space complete with executive-quality Miele appliances, including a wine fridge, gas cooking, and two ovens.  GGLO also reprioritized living spaces on the upper level to include a larger spa-style master bathroom retreat and walk-in closets. The top floor and daylight basement were also reimagined and fully finished for modern living.

As if living in Discovery Park isn’t already enough benefit, the preserved homes qualify for a property tax credit for the next ten years, which means owners can save thousands of dollars per year.

“My favorite design feature of the Ellicott plan is the massive wraparound covered veranda offering those broad vistas of open meadows, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountain Range,” said McMahon.  “This terrace is an extension of your living room and it’s totally protected so it can be enjoyed in all seasons.”

The Ellicott is among the final offerings in what’s been an extraordinary sales program at Fort Lawton.  In 2015, RISE began restoration and quickly sold all thirteen homes that comprise Montana Circle. Earlier this year several Prosch plans, a 4,000 sq. ft. version of Officer’s Row homes were also sold and closed. From the low $2 millions.  The two final Prosch plans located at 4216 and 4218 Washington Avenue West are anticipated to be listed next week upon completion of their restoration.

“This Ellicott is the last of its kind to be offered for sale,” adds McMahon.  “And considering how these legacy homes tend to be passed down to the future generations, it’s hard to imagine this opportunity coming around again.”

Prospective homebuyers interesting in viewing the home this weekend from 11am to 5pm are encouraged to register online at